Gary Neville has said that Liverpool are playing at the kind of level that could finally see them finally get their hands on the Premier League title this season.
The latest victory came thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley, and speaking on his weekly podcast, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville insisted that Jurgen Klopp’s side are ‘a championship team’ – a team with the quality to win the league.
“I was watching Liverpool at Burnley and I had that feeling,” Neville said.
“I said last year I thought they were a championship team. They are a championship team. They are playing at a level that could win the title.
“You watched them at Burnley, and they weren’t brilliant in the first 20 minutes, but they go and get a goal and then a second goal.
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“You talk about the clinical element of a team. The defensive bit is right, the attacking bit is right, and the midfield looks solid and experienced. They are a title-winning team and they were last year, essentially with what they did.”
Liverpool’s biggest rivals for the Premier League crown looks set to be reigning champions Man City, though Neville admitted that the knee injury suffered to influential defender Aymeric Laporte could be ‘a big problem’ for Pep Guardiola’s side.
“If Laporte’s injury is a serious one, it is a big problem for City,” Neville said.
“I said a few weeks ago that I was struggling to understand why City didn’t follow through on Harry Maguire with Vincent Kompany leaving the club.
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“I thought Kompany won them the league in the last 10 matches of last season when he played in all those games. Forget the Leicester moment which was just spectacular, I thought his leadership held them together at a time when Liverpool were applying pressure like you wouldn’t believe.
“In terms of that leader-type figure, I think Laporte has got that.
“I think this will cost City points.”
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